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Funding On The Mark For Sports Upgrades

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Work has begun on sports facilities at Brendale that Moreton Bay Regional Council hopes could lead to some of Australia’s top athletes competing at the venue.

Council has awarded a $521,000 tender to upgrade the South Pine Sports Complex’s junior Australian Rules football field and combined hockey and cricket field.

The two fields will be upgraded with new laser-levelled wintergreen turf and irrigation systems.

Moreton Bay Deputy Mayor Mike Charlton said the field upgrades would accommodate growing demand and the subsequent membership growth of Aspley Hornets Australian Rules football, Albany Creek cricket and Pine Rivers St Andrews hockey clubs.

“It’s part of Council’s $45 million investment in creating greater parks, sport and recreation opportunities for 2015/16 and the development of our region’s aspiring sports stars,” Cr Charlton said.

“Once complete, the fields will have strong potential to attract additional sporting carnivals to the Moreton Bay Region as part of council’s partnership with Sports Marketing Australia.”

Work on the new fields, due to be completed by early 2016, will occur in conjunction with the creation of a $4.85 million senior grade AFL oval at the sports facility.

Cr Charlton said the project was “an investment in community sport and the potential development of future generations of aspiring sporting stars”.

A $4.68 million tender for the construction of the senior AFL oval, part of a 20-year master plan for the South Pine Sports Complex, was awarded by Council in March.

It is hoped the new oval will be the venue for regional NEAFL matches by serving as the home ground for the Aspley Hornets team.

The venue could also host elite demonstration games, such as the practice-match between the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans AFL teams that was held at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex at Burpengary last year.

Cr Charlton said grassroots AFL was one of south-east Queensland’s fastest growing football codes with participation increasing by almost 15 per cent last year alone.

“Community demand for additional, high quality AFL playing fields continues to rise with more than 180,000 Queenslanders now kicking a Sherrin football most weekends,” he said.

“The development of the new oval and expansion of the SPSC (South Pine Sports Complex) will help council cater for the increase in demand for Australian Rules Football infrastructure.

“(It) is an important milestone in the 30-year master plan for the 74-hectare complex.”

The first stage of the Australian Rules redevelopment at the South Pine Sports Complex includes a full-sized senior grade field, car parking, lighting, irrigation, drainage and internal road works.

Construction should be completed in time for the 2016 season, weather permitting.

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Ikea advertising more positions for its new North Lakes store which will provide 250 jobs when finished

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IKEA is taking shape at the back of Westfield North Lakes, as the company looks to employ more people to fill the many roles needed to run the 12,000sq m furniture showroom and restaurant.

There are currently five management positions advertised online for Ikea’s second Queensland store at North Lakes.

One of the positions is for a staff planning manager, which indicates more jobs may soon be advertised.

The North Lakes Times has been contacted by many local residents looking to return to work or for part-time employment close to home.

Ikea Australia country manager David Hood said he expected the store would provide about 250 ongoing jobs across all areas of the business.

He said there were many areas of employment including “furniture showroom, check-outs, sales, Ikea restaurant, children’s play areas, the warehouse, as well as positions in interior design and management.”

The other positions are for managers for shopping experience, human resources, kitchen production and the bistro.

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Researchers say severe storms often pass Moreton Bay region by, but residents should still be prepared

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Many have suspected it and the latest research says it rings true — Caboolture really does evade severe storms. But that doesn’t mean residents should be crying foul when the Bureau of Meteorology sends out warnings this season.

University of Queensland Geographical Sciences PhD student Joshua Soderholm (pictured) has been conducting a study into how the daily sea breeze impacts storm potential in southeast Queensland.

He analysed 17 years of radar data from the Marburg BoM radar site to plot tracks for thunderstorms producing severe hail.

It shows an obvious decrease in activity in the Moreton Bay region, between Albany Creek and just north of Caboolture.

Thunderstorm hot spots included Boonah and through Esk and Kilcoy.

“The northern end of the southern tracks stop … just north of Brisbane,” Mr Soderholm said.

“If you just talk about the geography of the region you have the D’Aguilar Range there running up from Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo up through Mt Mee. It’s quite a significant range and that’s enough to block the sea breeze heading west.”

He said the “severe deficit of warm, moist air” hindered storm development, particularly in marginal atmospheric setups.

But Mr Soderholm said Moreton Bay residents should still be prepared.

““It’s not very frequent but you still get severe storms if conditions are particularly favourable. There’s still always the potential (for severe storms) because every single storm event is different,” he said.

Mr Soderholm said he was expecting a bumper season and was keen to gather more field observations to build on his study.

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